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Commission welcomes families

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Committee and Director Austin Booth are hosting a free “Friends and Family Night” Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the JB and Johnelle Hunt Family’s Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale.

Hamburgers and hot dogs are on the grill. There are special exhibitions and demonstrations as well as archery and air rifle shooting. Aquariums, K-9 enforcement dogs and more will be part of the event. Individuals are encouraged to respond at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agfc-friends-and-family-night-tickets-429205905417

The monthly meeting of the game and fish commissioners takes place on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the center.

Run to the ground

A free beginner trail running clinic will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on the Markham Hill Nature Trails just west of Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. Trail runner Natalie McBee will teach the clinic.

Sign up at specializedreg.com to sign up. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Expo brings the outside inside

The Ozarks Home and Outdoor Expo takes place Friday through Sunday at the Rogers Convention Center. Exhibitions and booths on outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing and camping will be featured.

The cost is $6 for the weekend and $4 for seniors. Children under 10 years have free entry.

Bike pack at Cane Hill

Bikepacking Roots hosts the Fayetteville Gathering, a non-competitive bikepacking event, Friday through Sunday.

An optional complimentary “How to Bikepack” clinic and dinner will be held Friday night at the Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville. Assisted bikepacking on mostly gravel roads will be Saturday and Sunday with camping at Cane Hill. After-ride drinks and snacks are served on Sunday evenings.

Visit www.bikepackingroots.org/fayettevillegathering.html to register. Contact Ally Johnson, [email protected], for more information.

Hootenany helps science center

The Ozark Natural Science Center is hosting its Bear Hollow Hootenany fundraiser Saturday and Sunday at the center in the Madison County Wildlife Management Area just north of Huntsville.

Activities include bird education by Northsong Wild Bird Rehabilitation and bird expert Mitchell Pruitt. There will be live music throughout the event. Camping and limited accommodations are available.

Visit onsc.us/hootenanny to purchase tickets or for more information.

Beautify Beaver Lake

The annual Beaver Lake Cleanup and Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday. Volunteers are needed to pick up rubbish along the lake shore in all areas of the reservoir.

Collect garbage bags and supplies at the Beaver Water District office at 301 Primrose Lane in Lowell on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Prairie Creek, Hickory Creek and Dam Site North parks at sea .

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers will be invited to lunch at the Prairie Creek Park Grand Shelter starting at 11am. Groups protecting Beaver Lake will have exhibits at the shelter.

Volunteers can pick up trash wherever they like, or organizers can assign an area. Volunteers are asked to register as individuals or as a group at h2ozarks.org/events/blvd/.

The forest comes alive

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area will host The Living Forest event on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers in fun costumes act as various forest animals on guided hikes along the 0.25-mile Ozark Plateau Trail. They explain to children and adults why they are important for the forest and what people can do to help them. Hikes with no more than 15 people depart from the visitor center every five minutes.

The hikes are suitable for children aged 4-7 years. Children are encouraged to wear costumes if they wish. Children and adults can make crafts while waiting for their hike to begin. After each hike, s’mores and ciders are served in the outdoor educational pavilion.

Check in at the visitor center no later than 3:00 PM. For details, call the visitor center at (479) 789-5000.

Last Chance for Scholarships

The Ozark Society Foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Engagement Grants through Saturday. Nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s focus region that work with youth under the age of 18 in environmental and conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $3,000.

Applicants must be from a 501c3 nonprofit organization or school in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri or in the communities of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, and Claiborne, Louisiana.

The scholarship award will be announced in December. To apply for the grant, visit https://www.ozarksociety.net/foundation/foundation-youth-grants/.

Walk explores Eureka Springs

The Ozark Hill Hikers, affiliated with the American People’s Sports Association, invite all hikers to take a walk in Eureka Springs on October 26th. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 207 W. Van Buren St.

The hike begins and ends at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave., where participants can choose either a 5 or 10 kilometer route. Membership dues for the Ozark Hill Hikers are $12 per year prorated at $1 for each remaining month in the calendar year. For more information email [email protected] or call (479) 381-9366.

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